Competition Day and The Plan

Is your competition strategy as optimal as it should be and does it set you up to get your best results?

This is an important question that we should be asking ourselves. In this post, we will show you how we set our athletes up for success on competition day.  We will use an athlete that was coached at a recent championship.

As a coaching team, we always try to instil the value of preparation and discipline within our athletes by stating the importance of nailing the basics and fundamentals.

Now don’t get me wrong. I know we can’t plan for everything and we shouldn’t, but I believe we certainly can try to be prepared for as much of it as possible.

The Olympics 2012

Here is an example of a race day schedule:

    • Heats (5): 16:30 and call up 16:17
    • Semi (3): 17:50 and call up 17:37
  • Finals: 18:25 and call up 18:12

We always plan back from the final, because this would be the ultimate aim of the day. It might not be agreed upon or initial goal but we have to be prepared.

If you don’t plan for it, you may fall short or worse never get there.

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail “— Benjamin Franklin

How Do we plan?

I want them to be asking the correct questions. Here is a note that I came up with for my athletes to use on competition days:

These questions allow myself or the athlete to then sit down and come up with a race day plan.

Race Day Plan:

This might look like a simple thing to do, but it still surprises me how many teams and athletes don’t do this.

In my experience, with the athletes that I work alongside, it is the unknown that causes problems and being unprepared can only worsen a bad situation.

If this simple idea helps someone cope with the pressure and circumstance of competition day, then I have succeeded as a coach. I’m in the job of service and helping others succeed.

I am going to leave you with a quote from the great coach Wooden.

“When Tumultuous times call, get back to basics”- John Wooden

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